In order to keep an upper edge, an organisation or an inventor uses patent search as a strategic tool for preventing any future costs.
A patent search is done to validate the following criteria of the invention:
Surveying the market for inventions that already have patent protection is always wise. A good patent search can prevent expenditure on inventions that are not patentable.
Search provides information about the invention that is useful for drafting a patent application. A patent search will bring a similar invention to light and along with that, the areas that are patentable will be emphasised even though prior art for the patent application is present.
Anyone can perform a Patent search for free using Quick company's Patent Search tool; this page shows all the patent available in the patent database. Alternatively, you can also conduct the same search on IP India's website.
India, unlike other countries, doesn't provide design registration under patent law it is protected under separate legislation.